Interview with Christopher Hendricks

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote? That would probably be a book I made in the second grade entitled "All About Me". Essentially an autobiography, it chronicled my storied history up to that point in my life. It even had pictures and photographs. Sadly this led me to quickly realize that I was never going to be an illustrator.
What is your writing process?
I follow the write while it's hot method. Normally I am not lucky enough to be able to sit down and write whenever inspiration strikes or an idea pops into my head. I will catalog the idea for later if I can or write down bits of information into tiny journals I try to always carry. However, if I am really lucky, I will suffer from bouts of insomnia and have all night to write my heart out! Even better is when the idea I am thinking about is so vivid it actually wakes me up so I can start to fiddle around with the idea.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't think I can remember the very first story I have ever read. I know Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Hungry Caterpillar were early favorites. I guess I need to thank Eric Carle for my love of writing and reading then. I also have fond memories of Shel Silverstein, Tomie Depaola and Dr. Seuss being constant reads at a young age.

My first foray into chapter books were The Boxcar Children and Ameila Bedelia...Sheesh can you tell my Mother was a librarian yet? As for the impact all of those had on me? I was always struck that I could read something and be transported into a different world. Don't even get me started on how awesome Reading Rainbow was/is either. I'm so glad that is coming back. I remember even at that young age thinking how cool it would be to create my own stories and have people reading them in libraries. Well, here's hoping that comes true soon.
How do you approach cover design?
At this point in time I find the best creative commons picture I can find then twiddle my thumbs at Photoshop and hope for the best. Now don't think I think that cover design is not important because I am as guilty at buying a book solely because of its' cover as the next guy. However, until I can find friends who are able/willing to put up with my near endless demands on what I want, or I discover the skills to create them myself, it looks like I will be stuck with the awful designs I have now.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is an unfair question. The books I mentioned earlier are all still favorites. For all books they become favorites because of their ability to take me into another world. If I can relate to the characters and the world then there is an even better chance I will dive even deeper into the pages. I also like to get inspiration for my own projects from as many varying outlets as possible.

If you really need an answer, I suppose my current top five books are A Separate Peace, The Black Company, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Terminal Man and A Clash of Kings.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a little of everything for pleasure. Webcomics, blogs, articles, poetry. However to be fair most of time is spent reading fantasy and science fiction, as that is what I spend the most time writing myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
...I don't own one...I mean the Nook! Yeah, that is my favorite!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media blasting, personal website and blog SEO-craziness and general word of mouth amongst family, friends and classmates.
Describe your desk
A mountain of books, both for pleasure and for work. A collage of post-it notes both still needed and saved for posterity. A notebook and pens and pencils and a coaster for drinks. Oh and somewhere in the middle is "room" for my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Not sure how it influenced my writing one way or the other. I suppose that forced me to go the school that I did while living there. If that means the ways the teachers taught me to write, read and whatnot shaped how I write, then there you go.
When did you first start writing?
In general? Most likely kindergarten. As a form of passing the time or as a hobby? Seventh or eighth grade. As a means of a hopeful career choice and way to earn money? Just a few years ago.
Published 2014-08-31.
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